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Desire Lines

3.14 of 5 stars 3.14  ·  rating details  ·  101 ratings  ·  19 reviews
Sixteen-year-old Walker has discovered something potentially scandalous—two of his female classmates are having an affair. It is a secret he has no problem keeping to himself . . . until it comes to protecting his own reputation.



“It is difficult to close Desire Lines without the overpowering feeling that evil’s caretaker can very well be an average young man who lacks the...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published March 21st 2006 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (first published 1997)
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Ely
Monday, January 21st, 2011, I was sitting in my Honors Geometry class during Quiet Time (Transcendental Meditation). I needed some book to read. I asked my friend, Ivan, if he have any book that he could loan me. He has two in hand: "The Catching Fire" and the "Desire Lines." I chose "Desires Lines" since it's not a mainstream book that people in my school would often read. I read the synopsis and already, I got engaged.

The book has the element of realism in it, not only it's an engaging book,...more
Robin
When Jack Gantos spoke at the Eric Carle Museum last week, he talked of this book and moved me. I knew I needed to read it.

It is unsettling to take in Gantos' trademark vivid and off-kilter observations and descriptive passages and have none of them make you laugh.

Desire lines are the paths we make straight to what we want the most, regardless of the rules or roads. Desire Lines is a devastating example of the power of bullies and our own ability to take ourselves directly down the wrong paths...more
Tilottoma

Throughout the book it shows us about how people are judgemental about the third gender, and that the people belonging in that category are too pressured and often get bullied by other and because of this pressure, they can't express themselves openly, making them feel like they have a weird personality, and that they're unwelcome to the society which leads them (people of third gender) to think of suicide as an escape.

Overall, the book was alright but could've been better. A positive affect abo...more
Reving
Desire Lines is a very complex story and it is definitely one that sticks with you, one you want to talk about after you read it. It also proves once again, that Jack Gantos is one of the best writers out there.
Walker is a young man living in Fort Lauderlade, FL, he seems to be kind of a loner, an average student, a sad kind of guy. But maybe part of that sadness is because he is telling the story after all of the events in the book have happened. It would be hard to happy after living through a...more
Courtney
I love almost everything Jack Gantos has ever written, Hole in My Life changed my life and I was so happy to have the opportunity at ALA this year to tell him so, but I was surprised to find this novel that broke my heart. It's a dark tragedy about the cruelity of high school, homophobia and how evil can arise out of inaction and peer pressure.

Here is a spoiler, but I have to say this. Number one I am uncomfortable with men writing about teen girl sex. Two, the suicide pact at the end between t...more
Katherine Hunter
Walker is a high school student who finds himself unable to withstand the harassment he becomes subject to from religious fanatic. To insulate himself from the unwelcome attention he joins up with the schools bullies. As part of an initiation he is suppose to give up some secret. This story is how a young man finds himself unable to have the courage to stand up for his convictions. It is very well written; it has a great plot and wonderful prose. I liked it a great deal.
Brandy
It took me a little bit at the beginning to decide if I liked this book, but by the time I got to the end, there was no question. It's rare to see a teen book with such a realistic narrator: a high-school sophomore catches two of his female classmates secretly dating, and rather than tell them, he keeps the secret to himself--until the rest of the school, led by a creepy Preacher Kid moving in across the street, starts accusing him of being gay. Sure, sounds very realistic, but usually there's t...more
K.
Desire Lines was a quick plot-driven read that would likely be a strong fit for reluctant young adult readers, but it didn't do much for me. While I can appreciate that Walker was a realistic depiction of an "average" high school guy, I struggled with Gantos's narrative. While the plot of Desire Lines is ostensibly driven by homophobia and the unrest it creates in Walker's high school, LGBTQ characters are relegated to the sidelines and are totally denied a voice in the narrative and, as usual,...more
Emily
Aug 08, 2012 Emily rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: teens
First off I just have to say that I love the idea of a "desire line" being a straight line to what you want. I can't decide whether I should give it 3 or 4 stars. It is similiar to other books I read as a teen like "On My Honor" (living with a secret and a death in the book) or "The Chocolate War" (where the dark part of society wins). I think it should be a choice in English Lit. classrooms when those other books are read. It's not likely to though because of the GLBQT aspect. Sad because stude...more
Marilyn
myeah...I so expect THINGS from Mr. Gantos. This came nowhere close--too short, no role models, shallow undeveloped characters. I disliked myself momentarily for tsk tsking the author, but then I realized it was HIS book for heaven's sake! He could have done so much more. I don't know if I've evolved to being able to read homophobic novels and not emotionally react. I DO react. That being said, I could have taken this book perhaps with a bigger dose of good development. Way too shallow.
uniquechicgeek
Persecution over sexuality is a difficult subject to approach, and this book does not do it well. The protagonist is presumably supposed to be some kind of rebel, but basically comes across as a whining spoilt brat. The ending was predictable and didn't really evoke any kind of response from me at all. Maybe the book needed to be longer to include more to make the reader care about the characters. I wouldn't recommend this unless you're really stuck for something to read.
Agnes Margarette
This book talks about how people are being closed minded and judgmental about the third sex, that the people belonging in that category are too pressured to be bound by what most people see as "morally right". Because of this pressure, they can't express themselves openly, making them feel like they have a tarnished personality, and that they're resented and unwelcome to the society which leads them [the people in the third sex]to think of suicide as an escape.
Jennifer
Hated this book. Didn't like the topic or the characters. Didn't think it was very well-written or believable. And where were the adults? The only adults were bad guys. No caring, concerned mature people. This idea, "witch-hunts" for homosexuals, could be and has been done much better.
Steven
Mar 13, 2007 Steven rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Anyone
This is a good book by Gantos. Maybe a little mediocre... Not as good as Hole In My Life or Love Curse of the Rumbaghs. Those two are way cool (OMG+ factor)... a must read for teens or anyone!
Jessica
Interesting in its prospects, but not well executed. Definitely disturbing at points, but not in a way that most readers will find particularly moving, I think. This was kind of a let-down.
Michael
A pretty biting exploration of peer-pressure and cowardice that's ultimately hurt by poorly drawn, cookie-cutter characters.
Michelle Mead
CUTTING EDGE AND AHEAD OF ITS TIME, A MUST-READ.
Donna
Jul 01, 2013 Donna rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: ya
Not for elementary libraries!
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Jack Gantos is an American author of children's books renowned for his portrayal of fictional Joey Pigza, a boy with ADHD. Gantos has won a number of awards, including the Newbery Honor, the Printz Honor, and the Sibert Honor from the American Library Association, and he has been a finalist for the National Book Award. His newest book, The Love Curse of the Rumbaughs (2006), deals with twins, euge...more
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